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Different format, same approach

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I was happy with my performances with bat and ball in the two T20s against Pakistan and hopefully I can take that form into the NatWest Series.

It was good meeting up with the World Twenty20 winners again but even better was getting two good wins in Cardiff.

There was a real confidence in the side before that first game, not just from being world champions but from the Test series win over Pakistan too. You can take confidence from one form of the game into the next. We certainly will going into the 50-over games.

In the first T20 our seamers did well to adapt to the conditions which set the platform for the rest of us. We bowled well as a unit with Swanny and I working in tandem.

Swanny is the best spinner in the world at the moment - he might even be the best bowler in the world. You bowl in partnerships and we complement each other well.

He is picking up wickets regularly while my role is to tie up an end. If I can take the odd wicket then I am doing a good job for the team.

When I start a spell I try and get into a good rhythm as early as possible. Then I try and work out what the batsman is going to do. Is he going to play big shots against me? Is he looking for singles? As a bowler you need to be adaptable and alert.

I enjoyed batting with Morgs in that game, where he and I put on 67 to see us home. He is so calm at the crease. When you meet him in the middle he is so relaxed and that rubs off on you.

Michael Yardy & Fawad Alam

I was man of the match in the first NatWest International T20 where I picked up a wicket and scored 35 not out


I was really pleased to pick up the man of the match award afterwards.

We look at 50-over cricket slightly differently but the aggressive intent is still the same. Both Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower want us to play that way. It worked against Bangladesh and Australia earlier in the summer.

But Pakistan are a talented and dangerous side so we will have to play well.

The World Cup is not far away but I am just happy to focus on Thursday's game than look too far ahead.

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